NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

for S1M 2011

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


S1M 2011 CH


Durham, Alicia Kramer


Adjunct Faculty


BS in Biology
MA in Anthropology
completing MEd in Adult Education

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 to March 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

11:15am - 12:55pm

Credit Hours



Sagan, Carl. (1995) The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Additional Resources:
eCompanion -- www.parkonline.org

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:
NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society (MLL) Relationship between science, technology,and society. Topics include: the two cultures, the relationship between basic science and technology, the effects of technology upon society, and possible future technologies. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain concepts of how and why science works and the many ways that science and technology affect our lives.
  2. Define and explain the processes of science and scientific inquiry.
  3. Discuss and illustrate relevant impacts of science and technology on individual lives, professions, and the global society.
  4. Demonstrate the analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding science and technology.
  5. Analyze and determine statements that are based on science versus those that are not.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Debates, presentations, quizzes, class discussions, and final exam.



8 Quizzes at 10 points each
80 points
8 Weeks of Class Participation 10 points each
80 points
7 Debates at 20 points each
140 points
100 points
Final Exam
100 points
500 points

*grades are determined on a 10 point scale

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Class Projects are due the following class session after they are assigned and may be e-mailed. Extensions are granted with sufficient cause and advanced notice. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn off your cell phone ringer while in class and refrain from social media while in class.  Mind you, violation of this protocol will demand punishment -- though one that clearly does not infringe on your eighth amendment rights.  If someones cell phone rings during class or you are caught on Facebook, the offender must buy snacks for everyone next class period. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan 10 Introduction
Jan 12 Sagan Ch 1-3 Rational Thought Discussion
Jan 14 Sagan Ch 4 & 5 Culture and History
Video: Easter Island
Quiz # 1 online
Jan 17 no class research your presentation topic
Jan 19 research Is Manned Space Travel a Delusion?
Debate # 1
Presentation topic due
Jan 21 Sagan Ch 6-10 Technological Change & Science
Quiz # 2 online
Jan 24 research Should DDT be Banned Worldwide?
Debate # 2
Jan 26 Sagan Ch 11-15 Diffusion & Technological Affects discussion
Jan 28 Sagan Ch 16 & 17 Diffusion & Technological Affects
Quiz # 3 online
Jan 31 research Should Medical Advances be Patented? Debate # 3
Feb 2 Sagan Ch 18-21 Technology & Medicine discussion
Feb 4 Sagan Ch 22 & 23 Technology & Medicine
Quiz # 4 online
Feb 7 research Should the World's Libraries be Digitized? Debate # 4
Feb 9 Sagan Ch 24 & 25 Technology & Work discussion
Feb 11 Technology & Work
Quiz # 5 online
Feb 14 research Does the Internet Strengthen Social Connections? Debate # 5
Feb 16 Technology & Communication discussion
Feb 18 Technology & Communication
Quiz # 6 online
Feb 21 no class watch online video Digital Nation PBS Frontline
Feb 23 research Is it Time to Revive Nuclear Power? Debate # 6
Feb 25 Technology & War
Quiz # 7 online
Feb 28 Technology & War Video: The Fog of War
March 2 research Should Society Act Now to Halt Global Warming? Debate # 7
March 4 Technology & Government
Quiz # 8 online
March 6 no class Final Exam Due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:11/27/2010 9:50:44 AM